In case the rumored roles in those three highly anticipated film versions of young adult book series “The Mortal Instruments,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Seventh Son” don’t work out for Alex Pettyfer, he’s got a future in musicals. Sort of.
During my most recent chat with Alex and his “Beastly” co-star Vanessa Hudgens, I was not only offered the role of making his future career decisions for him, but enjoyed a brief serenade of a most unlikely song: “Breaking Free” from Vanessa’s “High School Musical.”
Now, how exactly did this come about during a conversation about their modern take on “Beauty and the Beast?” Because I asked Alex and Vanessa if, in the spirit of Disney’s most famous and musical version, they felt the need to burst into song on the set of their film.
“We had a little sing song,” Alex revealed, before unexpectedly belting out a few bars of the “HSM” classic.
“I used to sing, ’We’re soaring, flying'” he sang, which made Vanessa collapse into giggles. “And yeah, I didn’t get any reaction [from Vanessa],” he said, sounding dejected.
I then pointed out the fact that his song choice probably wasn’t the most original, that Vanessa has very likely heard that song a few too many times. Anyway, getting back to Alex’s surprise knowledge of the Disney musical, I asked him if he’s a big fan of the material.
“Am I? Pfft. [I’m the] biggest geek,” he confessed. “It’s all over my wall. Gotta love the Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens and ’High School Musical 3,’ he said, emphasizing the third film and inexplicably leaving out “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.”
I then asked Vanessa if Alex performed any of the film’s signature choreography, in addition to “Breaking Free.”
“No. He sang,” she said. “It was enough. [He] broke out into “Soaring [sic].” It was good.”
I’m not so sure about that, but hey, I’ll take an Alex serenade any day.
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